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Arrrrgh!

Stop it, stop it, stop it!

Yesterday, I found out that Big R died.  He was a past owner/current beloved barfly at Bub O'Malley's.  Hell, the man danced with me at my wedding reception (yes, it was held at a dive bar.  As was my 40th birthday party.  And countless other events, big and small, in my life in Chapel Hill) and slipped me $100 even though he hadn't known/remembered we were coming.  I can't (and probably shouldn't) count the hours I've spent sitting next to him at the bar while waiting for Kent to get off work, sipping our beers and discussing Law & Order SVU.

The place is not going to be the same without him.  :(

Then, I found out Chapel Hill Comics is closing in March.  *sob*  Where am I going to get my copies of Dr. Strange and Scarlet Witch now?  And Cute Lumberjanes Girl will be gone!  *double sob*

Add into that that The Bookstore is closing (bye, bye, window cat!  Even though I will be forever pissed that they never hired me and used the weak excuse that they found someone more qualified.  Um, English degree here!) as well as Linda's, which has been on Franklin St. FOREVER.

The face of Franklin St. is changing.  Do.  Not.  Want.

Okay, I consider myself a free spirit.  That all changes in the face of stuff like this.  I want to throw a full-on temper tantrum right now.

Now, on the subject of GOOD change, I finally got around to "touchin' up mah roots."  Hello, Vidal Sassoon Vivid Velvet Violet!  I'll have to go out in the sun to get a good bead on the final color, but all of my silver looks like violet tinsel.  Love it!

Speaking of hair, over on FB, my sister actually corrected me about my haircolor at birth.  Jesus, woman!  We were both redheads.  There are pictures to prove it.

She does this shit all the time (giving me the "correct" version of our growing up).  And in the ost condescending way possible.  Well, guess what, little sister?  Big sis is mad, and is calling you out publically.  I will not be gaslit by anyone, and that is EXACTLY what she's doing.  I don't put up with it from partners, and I will no longer put up with it from family.

(And I'll probably get a phone call from mother, screaming at how I'm being mean to her.  Note to self: buy a bottle of wine and save it for that inevitability)

In better news, I haz prezzies coming home!  They're cleaning out the big storage closet at work, and Kent got to go through a massive bunch of cds (our office manager, M, commandeered all the yard, but left me the knitting needles.  Cheeky, since we BOTH don't knit.  She told Kent to pass along to me that there wasn't a single crochet hook in the bunch.  Which I believe, because you NEVER find cast off crochet hooks.  It's weird).  He culled what he thought I'd like, and I have lots of shiny new-to-me stuff to listen to.  Everything from opera (he DOES love me!)  to Emmylou Harris to Indigo Girls to Pagan Hellcats (a local band.  I'm curious how THAT got in the mix.  i'm sure there's a story there).  I have lots of good stuff to listen to while I fill out applications for the second job.

Is it wrong that part of me really wants the cashier position at Whole Foods?  I would have potential characters walking through my line all day, every day.

I'm weird.  i know.

How's y'all's Tuesday going?

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fitzjameshorse
Jan. 24th, 2017 07:46 pm (UTC)
My Tuesday is going well....surprisingly well.
mac_arthur_park
Jan. 26th, 2017 03:35 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear it!
celluloid_jam
Jan. 24th, 2017 08:57 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about all of the crazy changes. Here in Seattle, the entire city has been undergoing a rapid wipe-out for the past 10 years or so. It's almost unrecognizable now, and I don't even know what there is anymore in the neighborhoods I used to frequent. I read recently that we have more construction cranes erect downtown right now than any other major city in the country. Bleh. I am so sick of shit like Chipotle and Walmart. I miss our good mom 'n' pop shops and I'd take kitchy local cuisine and shops any day over Buca di Beppo or Barnes & Noble. :p
celluloid_jam
Jan. 24th, 2017 08:57 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about all of the crazy changes. Here in Seattle, the entire city has been undergoing a rapid wipe-out for the past 10 years or so. It's almost unrecognizable now, and I don't even know what there is anymore in the neighborhoods I used to frequent. I read recently that we have more construction cranes erect downtown right now than any other major city in the country. Bleh. I am so sick of shit like Chipotle and Walmart. I miss our good mom 'n' pop shops and I'd take kitchy local cuisine and shops any day over Buca di Beppo or Barnes & Noble. :p
mac_arthur_park
Jan. 26th, 2017 03:38 pm (UTC)
Me, too! The only thing in all of the new building we have going on that makes me happy is that I will soon have a Target on the bus line. No more getting Santa Pete to drag me out to the interstate when I have to buy underwear or socks!
adoptedwriter
Jan. 24th, 2017 09:21 pm (UTC)
Change sucks. Good luck w the job apps!
libraspirit2101
Jan. 24th, 2017 10:20 pm (UTC)

I don't see anything wrong with wanting to get a second job. It could very well prove beneficial.


There have been some iconic places in greater Atlanta, including in my hometown, that have shuttered through the years. It's never easy to accept, but it's often inevitable. It's an ever-changing world we live in.

chris_walsh
Jan. 24th, 2017 10:33 pm (UTC)
I know the feeling of the changing places. I'd be bummed, too. I also get being bothered by what your sister was saying.

Me, I spent time today bussing and walking, luckily during a break in the clouds. I needed and got some sun, and I'm glad Portland's dried out from the weekend rain and the snow and ice we had during the two weeks before.
mac_arthur_park
Jan. 26th, 2017 03:41 pm (UTC)
I find it funny that, this morning, she was all chatty on FB...and never said a WORD about my calling her out.

Ah, my family. Experts at ignoring the big pink elephant in the room. The scary thing is that, the way my family dynamics work, I get to count this as a win.
alphaloria
Jan. 25th, 2017 03:14 am (UTC)
I've thought about quitting my job altogether to go bag groceries at Trader Joe's. They always seem so happy there!
mac_arthur_park
Jan. 25th, 2017 04:07 pm (UTC)
If our TJs was closer, I'd camp out there until they hired me. :)
qwentoozla
Jan. 25th, 2017 06:39 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about Big R and all the bad news. It really sucks when the cool independent places disappear! :(
communitybee
Jan. 25th, 2017 10:26 am (UTC)
My Tuesday was GREAT!!!!

Sadly, your sister sounds like my mom. Ugh!! My life was pretty interesting according to her,

This dying stuff makes me sad, I still miss my friend I used to dance with at meetings,,,,
gneu
Jan. 25th, 2017 01:04 pm (UTC)
How did Big R die?

And do you plan to use your English degree to write stories about all these potential characters that will come through your line? Interesting.
mac_arthur_park
Jan. 25th, 2017 04:19 pm (UTC)
Heart attack. At least it was fast.

Oh, I write stories about everyone and everything I come across. Still banging away at a novel based loosely on the summer I worked on a food truck.

And my English degree has exactly zip to do with my writing. I wrote waaaaaay before I got that degree.
promiseoftin
Jan. 25th, 2017 05:45 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for the loss of your friend, and of the stores. *small-town love*
wherdafux_d_cat
Jan. 27th, 2017 01:54 am (UTC)
Heh, had a flash of you telling your sister she can have her 'alt-truth' all to herself. You have photos. You win. :)
weebleswobble
Jan. 29th, 2017 02:15 am (UTC)
yeah but if you worked at whole foods, you'd waste your whole paycheck there. not in the budget.
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